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Wakeboarders from near and far will take to the Flint River for the third annual Wakefest competition in Albany. While the boarders will show off their skills on the water, they'll be helping out a little girl in need in the process.

Seven-year-old Taylor Rumph suffers from cerebral palsy and her medical expenses are piling up. Her Mother Stephanie Rumph says she's grateful for Wakefest and its contribution to her family.

"Gosh, we were just humbled and appreciative, thankful, just overwhelmed that they wanted to do this for us, and we couldn't be more excited," said Rumph.  

Adam Gilbert started Wakefest three years ago simply for his love of the sport, and an added bonus, to help a family in need.

"Now, pretty much everybody has at least heard of the sport, and to do something here that the community really comes together, and so many people have started riding the last couple of year..Its really grown and I don't see it stopping anytime soon," said Gilbert.

Come Saturday Wakefest expects nearly 60 competitors.

Competitors will be put into six categories based on their skill level and the winners will receive cash prizes. The event will include food and raffles. And Taylor's mother already knows what she's going to do with the money.

"First thing I'm going to do and this may sound silly, but I'm going to buy her a swing for the backyard," said Rumph.

To make Taylor's life a little better with the help of wakeboarders and generous south Georgians.

The competition starts at 9 a.m. at the Turner boat Landing and there's a $25 entry fee for competitors.

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